British Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Tony Blair, in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade Labour from backing Jeremy Corbyn, introduced an interesting proposition: that Corbyn, together with S(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

The Kurds are paying a heavy price for their electoral impudence. In Turkey’s June election the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 (...)

Soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group in training ahead of peacekeeping deployment in Golan Heights. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The White Paper on defence is long overdue and welcome. The previous one, the first of its kind in the Republic, was published in 2000. Since then,(...)

A little girl cries as she tries to take shelter from the rain on Greece’s border with Macedonia, as she waits with her family to enter Gevgelija on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling (...)

US servicemen take part in a military drill in Yavoriv, western Ukraine. Military co-operation between Ukraine and its Nato allies is set to increase in the coming years. Photograph: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images

Deep in the forests and rolling fields of Ukraine’s western borderlands, a partnership that Russia hoped never to see is quickly – and noisily – takin(...)

Turkey’s prime minister and leader of the Justice and Development Party  Ahmet Davutoglu: he said a fresh election now appeared to be the only option. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey faces a snap election this autumn after talks on forming a coalition government broke down on Thursday, increasing uncertainty in the NATO mem(...)

Armies from Azerbaijan, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China (above), Kuwait, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia and Tajikistan take part in the ‘International Army Games 2015’ held in Russia. Photograph: Mazim Shipenkov/EPA

Intensified military exercises by Russia and Nato are fueling tensions in Europe that have already been heightened by the conflict in Ukraine, a re(...)

A boy holds a sign reading “The palace wants war, people want peace”’ during a demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday demanding an end to Turkish military air strikes against Kurdish targets. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

The Turkish military have ratcheted up pressure on Kurdish militants with a fresh round of air strikes in the southeast of the country as the insurgen(...)

Two members of Turkish police special forces patrol outside a police station after an attack in Istanbul on Monday. Photograph: Huseyin Aldemi/Reuters

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Turkey, during which he was expected to discuss the Syrian conflict, has been postponed, a Turkish for(...)